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Thursday, April 2, 2009

"HollyBeej" Entertainment News & Notes for Thursday April 2, 2009

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wanda Sykes to Host Fox Saturday Night Series
Fox is giving Wanda Sykes a Saturday late-night talk show, Broadcasting & Cable reports, citing sources familiar with the plans. The show, similar to Bill Maher’s HBO talk show format, would begin as early as this fall or January, the trade publication says.

Some Fox Affiliates to Pull ‘Osbournes’
Some Fox affiliates are refusing to air tonight’s debut of Fox’s “Osbournes: Reloaded,” the Miami Herald reports. Some stations, including Panama City, Fla.’s WPGX and others in the central time zone, say the content of the show is “inappropriate” to run in the show’s scheduled 8:20 p.m. slot, especially after the family-friendly “American Idol,” the Herald says.

HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Set for June 14 Return
HBO’s “True Blood” will return for its second season June 14, E! Online reports. The new season will be inspired by the events in the second book in the “True Blood” novel series, but will also incorporate many “big” changes, the site says

From TV Week.com...

'Real World' Renewed for Four Seasons THR

MTV has ordered four additional seasons of "The Real World," the 17-year old reality program from Bunim-Murray Prods., the Hollywood Reporter says. The order will mean the program will have been on air for 26 cycles, the trade paper says. The cable network also ordered four additional seasons of "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge," the publication says.

NASA Ponders Colbert Vote Reuters
NASA said it's working on a plan after comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" won a vote organized by the U.S. space agency to name the International Space Station's new living quarters, Reuters reports. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., last week urged NASA to play by the rules and use Colbert's name, the news agency says. "We have a plan and we're working with some folks and in a couple of weeks you'll know what the answer is," NASA's associate administrator Bill Gerstenmaier tells Reuters.

Michael J. Fox to Play Paralyzed Man USAToday
Michael J. Fox, whose second memoir is being released today, will be seen on five episodes of FX's "Rescue Me" as the angry, paralyzed and drug-addicted lover of Denis Leary's ex-girlfriend, USA Today reports. Fox, who suffers from uncontrollable tremors caused by Parkinson's disease, tells the newspaper, "He's a paraplegic, for crying out loud, and I'm a human whirligig. … A textbook case of casting against type." Fox's role will start with the show's season debut on April 7, the publication says.

From Cynthia's Cynopsis...

NBC invested two more seasons into high school football drama series Friday Night Lights. NBC and DirecTV have completed a 26-episode order agreement (13 eps per season) for the series produced by Universal Media Studios. The deal also allows Friday Night Lights to premiere on DirecTV with a second window on NBC.

Discovery Channel renewed several recently launched series, giving all the go-ahead for a sophomore season: American Loggers produced by Half Yard Productions; Destroyed in Seconds produced by Pilgrim Films & Television; How Stuff Works from Jupiter Productions; Time Warp produced by Creative Differences; and Treasure Quest from JWM Productions.

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